Becoming a Writing Advisor

Writing Advisor applications for the 2018-19 academic year 

JOB description:

The goal of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching is to help students become better, more independent writers. Writing Advisors serve as experienced peer readers and feedback providers to students who are working on drafts of papers from across the disciplines, at any stage in the writing process. Writing advisors also assist faculty and students in first-year seminars, helping to lead workshops and to provide student feedback on writing and writing assignments.

Weekly workload includes about 6 scheduled hours in the CWLT and about an hour of liaison work with first-year seminars. Writing advisors participate in ongoing training and professional development with an intellectually and socially engaged team of peers at the CWLT.


We actively seek a diverse team of writers to work in the CWLT because we believe that it broadens perspectives on how to define good writing and effective learning, creates a community where more students feel represented, comfortable, and safe, and reflects the kind of campus we aspire to be. We encourage students to apply who have not always seen themselves as the “best” writers in their classes, but who have gained confidence in themselves through the support of professors and peers. The best tutors aren’t necessarily those who have always found school to be easy—often, they are students who have had to learn difficult lessons for themselves and are able to coach and encourage others more effectively as a result.

Writing Advisors blend strong writing skills and academic growth with empathy for others and the ability to connect. They must collaborate well with diverse peers, faculty, and staff. They must be responsible, organized, and able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Finally, they must have a positive attitude about writing, an understanding of the major concepts of English grammar, a strong sense of integrity, and the ability to listen well to others. Prior tutoring experience is not required.

Writing Advisor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. The CWLT values international travel, and a student’s plans to study abroad does not prevent their application from being considered; however, students must be on campus during the Fall 2018 semester to take CWLT 300 (a quarter-unit course) and to participate in CWLT orientation. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, though we encourage rising sophomores to apply.


How to Apply:

All students applying for Peer Writing Advisor positions should submit an application (hard copy) to CWLT Director Professor Julie Christoph at the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, Howarth 105, by Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5 pm. The application consists of the following materials: 

1. A cover letter, with your current address and phone number on it, in which you address these questions:

  • Why are you interested in being a Writing Advisor, and what would you bring to the position?
  • Have you ever been to the Writing Center? If so, what was your experience here?
  • What major(s) have you declared, and what (if any) other areas of academic interest have you developed through your coursework at Puget Sound or elsewhere?
  • What courses have you taken at Puget Sound that have had a writing component? Who were the professors in those courses?
  • What co-curricular and work experiences have you had, at Puget Sound or elsewhere? How (if at all) do you see these experiences contributing to the work you would do as a Writing Advisor?
  • Why is diversity important in the Writing Center, and how have your experiences at Puget Sound prepared you to contribute to a safe and respectful learning community? 
  • When do you plan to graduate?

2. A resume

3. An unofficial transcript

4. Two papers with the professor's comments

 We will contact finalists for group semifinalist and individual finalist interviews before spring break.

Students studying abroad in Spring ’18 may apply and interview early, before they leave; otherwise, we will contact semifinalists for an individual Skype interview.

If you have any questions about the application process or the available positions, contact Professor Julie Christoph at or 253.879.3282.